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The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music was set up by the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music in 1889.

The Royal Manchester College of Music (now the Royal Northern College of Music) and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and  Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) joined ABRSM as subsidiary partners in 1947 (becoming full partners in 1985).

Together these Royal Schools form ABRSM’s governing body.

The Governing Body

The Governing Body has overall supervisory responsibility for ABRSM. It meets regularly with the Chief Executive to review progress and plans across all ABRSM activities, with the Executive Directors for Syllabus & Publishing and Finance & Administration in attendance.

The Governing Body is made up of the Principals of the four Royal Schools of Music, together with one further representative of each school, typically a member of their governing body with financial expertise. The Chairman is independent, with no links to any of the Royal Schools.

The Governing Body appoints the Chief Executive, to whom they delegate executive responsibility for all ABRSM activities. The Executive Director: Finance & Administration is the Company Secretary.​

ABRSM Patron and President

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Her Majesty The Queen

Patron

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His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales

President

ABRSM's Governing Body

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Colette Bowe
Chairman

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David Roper

Deputy Chairman

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Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood
Principal of the Royal Academy of Music

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Jeremy Heap

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Professor Colin Lawson
Director of the Royal College of Music

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Professor Linda Merrick
Principal of the Royal Northern College of Music

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Douglas Gardner

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Damian Wisniewski

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Professor Jeffrey Sharkey
Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

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Alan Smith

ABRSM's Executive Board

Mick Elliott

Michael Elliott
Chief Executive

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Lincoln Abbotts

Lincoln Abbotts
Executive Director: Strategic Development

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Tim Arnold

Tim Arnold
Executive Director of Global Operations

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Sue Cambridge

Sue Cambridge
Executive Director of Finance and Corporate Services

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John Holmes

John Holmes
Chief Examiner

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Penny Milsom

Penny Milsom
Executive Director: Products and Services

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Jeremy Phillips

Jeremy Phillips
Executive Director: Commercial

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ABRSM's Specialist Directors

Robin Barry

Robin Barry
Publishing and Product Development Director

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Vicki Fruish

Vicki Fruish
Human Resources Director

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